The Haryana government will file its report on illegal groundwater extraction for construction in Gurgaon in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.
According to a draft reply prepared by the authorities, which HT has accessed, the District Town and Country Planning department (DTCP) has claimed to have inspected all the construction sites under its jurisdiction of private builder areas and have identified 162 illegal borewells at about 80 sites.
The government will also submit that show cause notices have been issued by the DTCP to the colonisers as to why their licenses should not be cancelled.
According to an estimate, there are around 20,000 illegal borewells in Gurgaon.
HT had reported on August 13 how authorities had not sealed a single illegal bore-well despite HC’s July 31 order during a resumed hearing on petitions by one Sunil Singh and Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association, DLF City, in 2009.
The requirement of water for construction activities has been estimated at 9mgd (million gallons per day). The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had earlier submitted in the HC that while it provides water for plotted areas and shops-cum-offices, large commercial and residential projects manage water on their own.
In its latest reply to be submitted on Tuesday, Huda has said that in order to meet the water demand for construction activities and to stop illegal extraction of groundwater, it will provide raw canal water to licensed colonisers against payment in the next three months once the NCR water channel is made functional.